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Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a recent chat in which he addressed some of the burning questions regarding the state of the Rams.  And considering we are now on Free-Agency Eve-Eve, its time to get fired up and figure out where the Rams are headed.

Nugget#1:

I do think the Rams are interest in FB Leonard Weaver and C Jason Brown. (Brown will be expensive.) There are a couple of safeties I know the Rams are interested in and a WR. But they’re not big names, and a I don’t want to give them up here to reveal a confidence.

Very interesting indeed.  A quality center like Brown will go a long way towards solidifying the center of the Rams offensive line, but Thomas has it right that Brown will be very expensive.  Brown is the best center on the market and he will command the best and highest contract.  Can the Rams afford to pay that price?  Holt and Pace will certainly need to be dealt with before Brown could be even tendered an offer.  Leonard Weaver would be a great blocking back for Steven Jackson and hopefully he can pitch in with a 70-yard touchdown catch and run again this year. 

Safety and wide receiver…I’m intrigued.  We’ll see if we can flesh that one out here at RamsGab.

Nugget#2:

Right now, I’d say either a LT (Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe) or Curry at LB. I think the Rams still like Monroe better….I am now convinced that the Rams won’t touch Andre Smith with a 10-foot pole.

So, Monroe inches ahead of Smith in the Rams hearts at OT and at number 2.  I think Monroe is a solid pick who will start right away and be a quality LT.  He doesn’t have the ceiling of Smith, but he has a much lower floor than Smith.

Nugget#2.5:

I do know the Rams like Chung.

If the Rams pick up a center in free agency, look for them to aim for Patrick Chung, SS – Oregon in the top of the second round to start at SS.  If the Rams pick up a SS in free agency look for them to go for someone like Max Unger – C – Oregon (Rams Gab approved) in the second round.

Nugget#3:

Is Bartell worth, say $8 million a year, with, say, $18 million guaranteed? Corner is a concern.

That is for certain that it is a concern.  If the Rams lose Bartell, which is possible, I don’t know where the Rams go with their corner position.  Thomas said that it is too close to call whether or not the Rams will retain Bartell.  They do not have the players ready to step up (Tye Hill, Justin King and Jon Wade) and be starters.  WITH Bartell – the Rams probably will need one starter.  Without him, the Rams will need two…


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